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Paleman’s percussive instincts come to the fore on a strong debut album firming up his UK techno-bass style after showcasing his sound designer tekkerz as Fresnel Lens.
After a decade of signature, stripped down, and big-boned club pressure for the likes of Loefah’s Swamp 81 & 81 labels, and lately on his personal imprint PLMN, ‘Veiled’ cuts a singular figure of rolling bass heft and swingeing rhythms that speak to his background as a jazz drummer. Paleman resists any urge to bruk out in a very UK style of sleekly stealthy, locked-in rolige that could be fairly compared with recent Regis/CUB, Beneath or ANA label works in the current field, but with a sparing parry, shark-eyed momentum and atmospheric content he can claim as his own.
The trax mostly hew to a c.130bpm tempo, only sometimes pushing the needle over that limit, as with the industrial pound of ‘The Fell’ on a Concrete Fence flex, and the powerfully concentrated D&B motion of ‘Mandible’ that pinpoints a crucial UK reference point for so many of the best. sDJs and darkroom dancers should fill their boots with the gravelly textured thrust of ‘Bite’, the microtonal shimmer and velvet gloved bass thump of ‘Procession’, roiling Downwards techno on ‘Ravine’ and the CUB-liek ‘Whispers’, or the subaquatic rip currents of ‘Visible’.